We are in Costa Rica now and having a great time! We are staying with our friends Sam and Maeve. Yesterday we went to a beach called Playa San Juanillo, known for its great snorkeling.
My mum had just bought me a new snorkel and I was enjoying the sight of all the little fish swimming by when I saw something much bigger. I waved my hand in front of my mum’s mask and she signaled Sam. It was a puffer fish the length of about two apples. We followed it for a bit then moved on.
We were about halfway back to shore when my mum indicated something gray and slithery amongst the rocks. Sam heard my shrieks and thought I had recognized a pelagic sea snake (one of the most venomous animals in Costa Rica and for which there is no anti-venom). We broke a number of world records as we swam to shore faster than believed possible. My mum was laughing so much she could hardly stay afloat (having not followed us out) and was shouting “It’s an eel! It’s only an eel!” Every body else was laughing at us too and Maeve went to see the eel. She did not (as pointed out later) run or shriek.